Rosberg ready to take the fight to Hamilton once more
Nico Rosberg says his preparations for a title challenge this year began soon after losing the 2015 world crown to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg enjoyed his most successful F1 season to date last term, winning six races, including a hat-trick over the final three GPS after Hamilton had wrapped up the title in Austin.
Rosberg said: “I had a great winter preparing. I started training and getting back into it right away from the first day after the end of last year.
“Lewis and I have raced together for three years now and we are the most successful any team has been in recent years. We have a great relationship with the team and we’re looking forward to the battle and it will be exciting trying to beat Lewis this year. I’ve lost the last three years against him, but I love the challenge and trying to beat somebody who has beaten me. This year we start at zero and it’s impossible to predict what will happen. But I have this positive feeling, which I’ve brought in from the end of last year and it’s a good feeling to start the season with.”
Rosberg also added that Mercedes’ F1 W07 Hybrid still has a lot of development potential: “Just looking at the new car from the outside you can see we are innovating and that’s what you need to do. We have to lead the way. If you sit still with developments people copy you and come closer and closer, so you have to bring new stuff to stay ahead.
“We’ve brought a few new things on the car for this year that haven’t been seen before in F1, and that’s great work from the team. I won’t say we are the quickest just yet. Ferrari have been very strong so far, but the level this team is on right now is just awesome.”